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October 2017
Volume 61, Number 8
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Table of Contents
Features
No Child Left Behind Comes to Awana
The children’s ministry rethinks the competition at its core.
From denim to downloads, BSF is loosening up and adapting for millennials.
How Frederick Buechner changed the course of Russell Moore's life.
Why I embraced the Bible's sexual ethic before I understood it.
Karl Barth thought we needed to be reminded continually of the obvious, which to Barth was not so obvious.
A study reveals why relational ministry can leave our inner circle empty.
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the ‘Reforming Catholic Confession’ calls Protestants to unity.
News
Shalom, Amigos: The Changing Faces of Christian Zionism
How Hispanic evangelicals hope to become Israel’s best friends.
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our October issue).
Views
The Cynic’s Guide to Sin
We’re not surprised when people fail us. But should we be?
How we can change the angry cultural debates online and in church.
We learn to spot a lie by studying the truth.
Reviews
Alan Jacobs: Hating Your Neighbor Will Make You Dumb
How tribalism and culture-warring have ravaged our ability to think.
Pastor Todd Wilson wants to recover the deeper theological and moral meaning of being made male and female.
And that’s good news—but not cause for ignoring larger patterns of injustice.
From John Wilson, editor of 'Education & Culture' at thebestschools.org.
Selected by Winn Collier, pastor and author of 'Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church.'
In Every Issue
Our October Issue: Rooting for Bible Ministries
Confessions of a Bible study dropout.
Responses to our July/August issue via tweets and emails.
As part of the family empire, I lived a life of luxury. Then doubts began to surface.
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The Generous Soul
The Generous Soul
Why overcoming the Scrooge in all of us begins with gratitude.